Ball State's baseball team tallied a 5-4 win over Mid-American Conference opponent Ohio Friday afternoon to improve to 7-9 in league play and 18-19 overall. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 10-30 on the year and 5-11 in MAC play.
The two teams will meet for a doubleheader Saturday at noon at Ball Diamond instead of one game Saturday and one game Sunday due to impending weather conditions.
Scott Baker took the mound for the Cardinals and improved to 9-1 on the season with the victory. Baker, who entered the game ranked sixth in the nation in pitching wins, threw seven innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out five. Miles Moeller and Tyler Jordan combined for the next two thirds of an inning before T.J. Weir earned his second save of the year. Weir pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing only two hits, no runs and striking out three.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Kevin Schlotter and Jakes Hines started the inning with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt by Sam Tidaback advanced the runners to second and third, Schlotter scored on a wild pitch.
Ohio responded with three runs on three hits and one Ball State error in the third to take a 3-1 lead, but the Cardinals answered right back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
A solo home run by Billy Wellman in the fifth put Ball State ahead 5-3 through five innings and the game would remain that way until an Ohio run in the top of the eighth closed the gap to 5-4.
Weir shut the Bobcats down in the ninth to preserve the victory and earn the save.
Wes Winkle led Ball State from the plate with a 2-for-4 performance, while Campbell was 1-for-4 with two RBI and one run. Schlotter was 1-for-4 with two runs scored, and Wellman was 1-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.